Il Palazzo di Pio II Piccolomini a Pienza e le sue forme: et si prima aedium gratia, ut quibusdam placet, lux est
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
The Pio II Piccolomini Palace in Pienza and its shake
In march 1459 Pio II began to build new family palace in Corsignano, become Pienza, on site of old house where he was born. The place not suitable for a great palace and near new cathedral, immediately instability. Pio described church movements only, not palace, and want Bernardo Rossellino to steady them. From late autumn 1461 Rossellino stood in Pienza and changed shapes of windows damaged. In palace he altered up part of window and puted an horizontal strip stone to stabilize central upright. Rossellino used the original pattern window without cross by Piccolomini palace, discovered in restauration 2002-2006, in his wood model (1464) to facade of Rucellai palace in Florence. When Flavio Biondo was in Pienza in summer 1462 to inauguration of new city, compared changes of two buildings, considered appropriate church solution only because the light entered in palace less. The Pio’s Commentary implied Flavio Biondo when mentioned «someone claims light is first building grace»: for Pio, contrary, after renovation, the family palace retained same cathedral light grace.